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  • Kerth: If you ever wondered how to get to the Empire Room…

    Last Sunday evening, I stood in the little dressing room behind the stage of the Empire Room in Chicago’s Palmer House, gazing at the photos of some o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Atwater:

    “Molly” was never physically abused, but she was never really parented, either. Her older sister got ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Guerrilla gardening

    Ripping out the front lawn and its bordering rhododendrons and replacing them with a landscape of native grasses, groundcovers, succulents and rocks o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm
  • The Other Side

    The difference between a happy, healthy life and a quick decent into a place you never meant to find yourself can be a matter of four walls. Such a ha ...
    July 19, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Restorations Unlimited 2 in Cary renovates world’s only remaining Alpena Flyer

    The first time I saw this Concours Show-ready automobile was in the summer of 2008, but it was in less than show-ready condition at the time. The car ...
    July 18, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • ‘Planes’ never takes flight

    Before the final credits roll on “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” my 7-year-old turns and says to me: “If they come out with a toy of that, can I get it?”
    July 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • ‘Suds’ deserves to clean up at the Raue Center box office

    “Do you want to know a secret?” I’m glad I didn’t “walk on by” the Raue Center Friday when Williams Street Repertory Company’s premiere of “Suds: The ...
    July 16, 2014 - 4:22 pm
  • Changing dreams to chase for Chasin’ Mason

    When Chasin’ Mason first formed about 11 years ago, they named themselves after a highly sought-after studio musician in Nashville.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • Magic of words and music inspires Woodstock Folk Festival honoree

    Andrew Calhoun sees the Woodstock Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award as sort of a promissory note for future projects.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • 10 tips for blueberries lead to fresh ideas

    There are muffins, of course. And pancakes. And the obligatory fruit salad. But then what? After all the usual suspects, how do you handle a seasonal ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:43 pm
  • Chef Debi: Moroccan Chicken Stew

    This Moroccan dish is created with a lot of flavor. Moroccan cuisine uses spices from several cultures. In this stew, I used a unique blend of spices, ...
    July 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Beauty in subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your ...
    July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm
  • Retired math teacher shares his inventions

    WOODSTOCK – Andrew Parke’s creations, which fill about 50 boxes in his Woodstock basement, aren’t easy to describe.
    July 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm
  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as ...
    July 10, 2014 - 1:44 pm
  • Film showings draw crowds to McHenry County parks for free, family-oriented entertainment

    The last hot pinks and golds of sunset have melted down past the horizon, and the sky is now a light purple-gray. Not full night, but too dark to play ...
    July 10, 2014 - 10:23 am
  • 'American Idol's' Lee DeWyze takes the Ribfest stage

    “American Idol” isn’t the only television program to feature Lee DeWyze’s music. Since winning the r ...
    July 10, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Keifer's Cinderella stories

    Unlike the hit song he wrote for Cinderella, Tom Keifer knew what he got even before it was gone – or on hiatus.
    July 10, 2014 - 10:22 am
  • Free summer movies in the park in McHenry County

    The following is a list and map of free summer movies in the park in McHenry County. Crystal Lake Al ...
    July 9, 2014 - 10:49 pm
  • Bulk up classic BLT

    In terms of flavor and texture, it’s hard to beat a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, reportedly one of the most popular sandwiches in America. Trou ...
    July 8, 2014 - 4:03 pm
  • A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

    It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards.
    July 8, 2014 - 11:25 pm
  • Honey, black pepper give fruit salad zing

    Looking for ways to jazz up your basic fruit salad this summer? Consider giving it a hit from the savory side of the food world.
    July 8, 2014 - 3:43 pm
  • Grilling an impressive way to cook cauliflower

    Last summer, the hip way to handle cauliflower was to treat it like a steak.It was a trick that star ...
    July 8, 2014 - 3:42 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Tater Tot Casserole

    Tater Tot CasseroleSubmitted by Cherie Rickert of McHenry2 pounds lean ground beef1 10-ounce can of ...
    July 8, 2014 - 3:44 pm
  • Oh, bacon!

    Oh, bacon.It's the essence of breakfast.The smell alone makes you starving.Whether you pan-fry the o ...
    July 8, 2014 - 3:42 pm
  • Salad loses the leafy greens

    With salad season in full swing, it's inevitable that you soon will be sick of your go-to mix of greens. Doesn't matter if you favor romaine or Boston ...
    July 8, 2014 - 3:41 pm
  • Enter the Best Garden in McHenry County Contest

    The Northwest Herald announces the inaugural "Best Garden in McHenry County" contest. Sponsored by ...
    July 11, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • Sunday Supper: Butternut Barbecue Pulled Pork

    Here was the problem: I needed dinner ready by 7:15 p.m. But I was going to be out of the house for the two hours before that.
    July 5, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Keillor celebrates 40 years of popular radio show

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor has a new book out, a collection spanning his decades as storyteller, novelist and radio show host. This summe ...
    July 5, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Parents get camp news online

    NEW YORK (AP) — Not long ago, parents who sent children to sleep-away camp might wait days or even weeks for a letter. And they'd be lucky if their ki ...
    July 5, 2014 - 5:30 am
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